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Adult Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education / Special Education, B.S.

About the dual certification.

As student needs change, the ability for educators to adapt becomes even more critical. In the elementary education / special education dual certification program, students learn how to teach others with and without special needs, as well as how to aid those with learning disabilities to thrive. With added versatility, graduates will be ready to change the lives of students from more diverse populations.

School of Education

The adult undergraduate degree in elementary education / special education is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the program.

The elementary education / special education dual certification major equips you to handle the challenges of teaching language arts, social studies, mathematics and science to students with a variety of learning needs in grades 1-6, as well as general special education to grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to practice the skills you’ve developed in real-world situations.

While in the elementary education / special education dual certification program, you’ll learn not only how to teach topics such as reading, writing and mathematics, but also how to best plan your lessons, as well as the purpose and methods of assessment. Additionally, you’ll gain an understanding of how to appropriately manage and teach children requiring additional support.

This dual certification will not only enable you to handle greater responsibilities in the classroom, it will also provide greater career advancement opportunities due to your increased range of teaching abilities.

This Maryland Approved program meets certification requirements in other states. The program holds a Certificate of Distinction from the International Literacy Association for the quality preparation in reading instruction. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

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What Our Faculty Say

Learn more about the Mount's education / special education program for adult undergraduates with Chair and Director of Teacher Education Stacey Brown-Hobbs, Ph.D.

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Affordability & Financial Aid


  • $563 – Cost per credit.* No additional fees.
  • Students are accepted with a minimum of 12 credits and may transfer in up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • No application fee.

*Tuition and fees represent 2023-24 rates effective July 1, 2023. Subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance may be available through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, and employer tuition remission or reimbursement. Learn more about adult student financial aid.

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Adult Student Financial Aid

As all Mount education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), successful completion of all program requirements leads to certification to teach in Maryland and states with reciprocity agreements with the MSDE. Teacher education programs are accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Get in-depth details on registration, policies, transferring credits and articulation agreements in our Academic Catalog.

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Improving young lives.

Mount graduates work for all kinds of educational organizations at the local, state and national levels, from public and private schools to state departments of education to museums and libraries and everything in between. They lend their teaching expertise to all kinds of educational positions, including:

  • Teacher
  • School Counselor
  • School Librarian
  • Curriculum Development Expert
  • Educational Administrator
  • Community Program Director

Admissions & Application

The Mount’s adult undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit towards a bachelor’s degree. Admissions requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • Preferred: Associate of arts degree (AAT).

Application Process

  • Classes Begin: Year round.
  • Admissions: Rolling.
  • Priority Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first class.
  • No application fee.

A complete application includes:

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less.
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school.

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